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Manor College, Sisters of St. Basil talk land deal

Manor College and the Sisters of St. Basil the Great, Jesus, Lover of Humanity Province announced last week that they have signed a letter of intent to explore Manor College’s acquisition of certain of the Sisters’ land and structures that are contiguous with the college. Specifically, the College expects to add land, the neighboring four-story stone Faculty House as well as its surrounding Macrina Park and the horse barn, along with a significant portion of the surrounding acreage that the horses currently use.

“We are beaming about the opportunity to further the welcoming educational ministry of the Sisters, who founded us in 1947,” said Manor College President Dr. Jonathan Peri. “Everything about Manor is amazing: We’re local, affordable, career focused and safe. Now, we’re taking it to the next level and growing, again.”

The college’s growth includes an announcement only three weeks ago of its ribbon cutting on its brand new Nevels Hall Veterinary Technology facility.

“We are so proud of Manor’s persistence in its mission of outreach to all people from all communities and the invitational culture present on the campus,” said Sister Joann Sosler, OSBM, Provincial Superior of the Sisters. “We can’t believe how far along Manor has come in the past few years, and we’re elated to know that as the Sisters open a new chapter of our lives, Manor College is opening a new chapter that will foster incredible outcomes for its students.”

Photo taken by Anthony J. Machcinski

Manor expects that the Faculty House will be used for academic programs currently under development, like a two-year Licensed Practical Nurse program.

Photo taken by Anthony J. Machcinski

The barn will be used for Manor’s Veterinary Technology program – large animal, and the open area land is expected to be used as green space. Members of Manor’s faculty are also starting a community garden on current college property. ••

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